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Beauvoir director, board members resign over 'direction'

BILOXI — The executive director Beauvoir, the last home of Jefferson Davis, and two members of the historic property’s board have resigned. Bertram Hayes-Davis, the great-great-grandson of the president of the Confederacy, said there was a disagreement on the direction of the property between his team and the Beauvoir board. Hayes-Davis resigned effective March 3. Hayes-Davis and his wife, Carol, ...

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Natchez Trace sees more visitors despite government shutdown

TUPELO — The Natchez Trace Parkway experienced an increase in recreational visits in 2013 despite the government shutdown, the National Park Service reports. More than 6.01 million people used and visited the Natchez Trace Parkway in 2013, which is up from the 5.56 million people on the Parkway in 2012. This made the Natchez Trace Parkway the eighth most visited ...

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MDA introduces new 'Mississippi Homecoming' tourism ad campaign

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division has unveiled its new advertising campaign. With a nod to 2014 as the Year of the Creative Economy, the campaign – “Mississippi Homecoming” – invites visitors to celebrate every aspect of the state’s cultural heritage. “No other state in the country is home to such a wealth and diversity of creative talent ...

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Officials report on economic impact of tourism

Tourism officials gather yesterday in Jackson for the Mississippi Tourism Association’s “MTA Day at the Capitol,” and they had some significant numbers to share. Visitors spent more than $6.25 billion in Mississippi last fiscal year (July 2012-June 2013) as the travel and tourism industry continues to have a major impact on the state’s economy. The Mississippi Tourism Association and Mississippi ...

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NPS releases economic impact study of Natchez Trace

TUPELO — A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2012 shows that 5.6 million recreational visitors to the Natchez Trace Parkway spent $125.9 million in the communities surrounding the Park. This spending supported over 1,550 jobs in the local area. The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber, U.S. Geological Survey economists, and ...

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Tourism officials to gather for 'MTA Day at the Capitol'

The tourism agency will take center stage tomorrow in the Capital City. The Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division will join the Mississippi Tourism Association for “MTA Day at the Capitol.” Beginning tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the rotunda of the State Capitol Building in Jackson, tourism professionals from around the state will converge to tout the economic impact and importance ...

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Joint state tourism conference to be held in Louisiana

MARKSVILLE, La. — Small business owners and tourism professionals can learn how to translate tourism into dollars from expert speakers at an upcoming conference. The Miss-Lou Tourism Summit will be held Feb. 25-27 at the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, La. “This year’s event focus is marketing and public relations, with an emphasis on establishing unique relationships and trying different ...

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Delta city petitioning lawmakers to extend tourism tax

GREENWOOD — The city of Greenwood is asking the Legislature to reauthorize of the local tourism tax. The 1 percent tax on lodging and restaurants funds the Greenwood Convention and Visitors Bureau. The tax would expire at the end of September without legislative reauthorization. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Paige Hunt, executive director of the CVB, told the city council that ...

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Coast runners take no bull during run

More than 100 people decided to save the airfare to Spain and instead run with the bulls on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The bigger news is all participants lived to tell about it. Rodeo cowboys got to watch as about 150 runners, from a high-school teacher to a coliseum official, dashed to stay ahead of 10 bulls for quarter-mile around ...

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Proposed Ocean Expo Aquarium still in limbo

D’IBERVILLE — Dr. Moby Solangi can’t say when construction might begin on the $70 million to $80 million Ocean Expo Aquarium that was envisioned as a big tourist attraction. The city of D’Iberville has already spent millions on the deal, but the project is at a standstill. On Dec. 9, 2011 when D’Iberville city officials broke ground on the Ocean ...

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